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1  Re: The 2006 Wishlist May Swap Gallery in The Swap Gallery by Bonzo Spangley on: June 03, 2006 11:54:14 AM
I took pic this afternoon of the swap I received from pinkangel1979 - hope that you can see everything ok, there are the cards, the choker, and the beads - all gorgeous and very cool - thank you again so much  Grin Cheesy



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2  Re: Here are some of my pieces in Beads: Completed Projects by Bonzo Spangley on: November 24, 2005 03:16:44 AM
Ok here are the earrings I have made - they are part of a chrismas present.  My wire work is not that good - this is only the second pair of earrings I have completed using wire work.  I have big meaty fingers (am a larrrrrrrge woman) and found it quite fiddily twisting the wire round, I used pliers to do it as well sometimes. 

I am also a bit of a perfectionist and tried to get the loops exactly the same on each earring - but settled for not!  I had already had the experience of working wire too much and it fatiguing.  When I have the space (which shouldn't be long now - we are just waiting for a date to move) - my husband suggested that I set up a jig (kind of a template) that I can bend the wire round, which makes a lot of sense....

Let me know what you think, any way I could improve, and hints on technique!


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3  Re: Jewellery/Beading Craftalong (2nd tute - pg 15. NOISY BRACELETS) in Craftalongs by Bonzo Spangley on: November 19, 2005 04:02:05 PM
Ok, I know I am a bit late with putting these pics up, especially as it was me who put the last tutorial on, but I was waiting for the jump rings to be delivered before I could finish this - so apologies for it's tardiness...  I quite enjoyed making this as well - going to make some more Grin



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4  Re: Jewellery/Beading Craftalong (first tutorial now on pg 4 - very pic heavy) in Craftalongs by Bonzo Spangley on: November 16, 2005 08:55:40 AM
Ok, checked it with purplefluffycow, and I have a tutorial to post - it's one I have posted already in the beads section - but thought that you guys might like it here as well....

This was only my second noisy/charm bracelet (have made more since - they are a bit addictive, and fairly quick to do Smiley  ), and I thought I would share what I have learnt - I must give thanks to my sister and my mother for sharing their knowledge with me.

I like to get everything together in a project "bag" so that you can make sure everything is together and you have everything at the start so that you aren't left short in the middle - learnt this through experience (c:

Right here we go...

1 - get the chain ready - I approximate 20cm for a woman with an extra 3 cm (included in the 20cm) for the extra chain on the end - when I made bracelets for my nieces I have guessed about 12cm for a toddler.  Although most womens wrists are not as big as this when there are lots of beads on the bracelet it is good to have it that length.  Then count the numbers of links WITHOUT including the extra bit of chain for the end.  On the chain I use there are about 47 links, link 1 is the for the jumpring and clasp, link 2 is empty, links 3 to 39 are for the bead/charms, and the last 8 links for the safety chain.  I also at this point get the clasp and jump ring out so that this is ready to be attached and with the project

2 - obvious step - pick your beads/charms to go on the bracelet - don't forget the stop bead for the end of the chain

3 - decide on the order, I always do this first to make sure that all the beads will look good together before I attach any wire or jump rings to them.

4 - take a picture if you are not going to assemble the bracelet straight away - just in case the order gets muddled, or indeed if you are leaving it for a while.  I tend to take a picture then bag up the beads/charms to make sure that they don't get muddled with anything else.  Of course this of course depends on whether there is a digital camera - I'm lucky

5 - get the findings for the beads/charms ready - I use headpins with an extra seed bead, and jump rings for those which have a loop already - most charms do.

6 - attach the findings to the beads,
with a headpin there is the seed beed on the headpin and then the major bead,

once the wire is through the top, I make a right angle with it,

and then if I need to, I cut off the excess leaving about 1cm, I then twist this into a loop - the size of the loop will depend on how far down the pliers you place the wire - place the tip of the wire in the round nose pliers,

and twist your hand and the pliers round until you have a loop - there may be a need for you to take the pliers out and place them again depending on you suppleness (c: If the loop isn't straight then you can use straight nose pliers to remedy this

make sure that you do not fully close the fastenings so that these can be attached to the chain
With the jump rings - twist them apart rather than expanding them - this makes they keep their shape and it is not distorted, I use two pairs of pliers to do this.

The next "problem" I had was the droplet beads - my husband came up with a brilliant idea - the droplets had a hole drilled horizontally, which was different to the other beads - I suppose that they are ready to be strung on wire, also all the jump rings I had were the wrong size - so with the excess which was created earlier, he fashioned some triangular rings with a pair of round pliers

with this type of fastening I had to attach the droplets to the fastening and to the chain at the same time 

I simply hooked the fastening on the chain, attached the droplet and squeezed the fastening closed with my fingers,

this means that the ends of the fastening are in the hole in the bead and not visible

7 - attach the beads/charms to the chain with their respective fastenings,

I found that in order for the charms to stay on the jump rings in the preparation phase I had to close them more than I wanted to, so they needed re-opening in order to be attached to the chain with two pairs of pliers,
hook the headpins onto the chain, and with round nose pliers close the loop fully so that it stays on the chain

This has turned out to be more of a narrative of how I did the bracelet rather than a tutorial, but nevertheless I hope that somebody finds it useful....

Please, I would really love to see what others have done and comments on how I did this and where I could improve...

When I posted this on the Beads board, decibel came up with a couple of very good comments:

a) when she makes a loop on the headpin she closes it completely and then attaches it to the chain using the same method as is used for the jumprings - she twists them open so that the loop keeps it shape - a very good comment which I think I will adopt

b) she also attaches the beads/charms randomly as she goes along rather than planning it in the first place - and her bracelets come out great Smiley

So, please, post what you guys do - and let me know how it goes, I would love to know you guys do it, and help me do mine better Smiley
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5  Re: Noisy Bracelets - How I do them in Beads: Completed Projects by Bonzo Spangley on: November 15, 2005 10:13:50 AM
Here's another one I have done ... I made it as a birthday present for one of my mates - hope she likes....

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6  Re: Jewellery/Beading Craftalong (first tutorial now on pg 4 - very pic heavy) in Craftalongs by Bonzo Spangley on: November 15, 2005 03:06:15 AM
Well here is my go at the spiral "phenomenon"  Smiley

Have done all the sections for a necklace as well, however I have run out of jumprings so I can't put it all together  Sad I am waiting for some to be delivered, so shouldn't be too long I hope....

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